Overview

We can’t wait to welcome athletes, media, Gore skiers & riders, & spectators to the FISU World University Games at Gore Mountain!

The Winter World University Games is the largest winter multi-sport collegiate athletic event in the world. University students between the ages of 17 and 25 are eligible to enter. In 2018, Lake Placid was selected to host the 2023 World University Games. New York’s ORDA venues are proud to be hosting this 11-day international festival and competition, as the world unites at venues all around the Adirondacks of NY!

During the Lake Placid 2023 FISU Winter World University Games, Gore Mountain is open! Training and competition will take place January 12-22 and the event window is January 2-24 as we set up and dismantle the supporting infrastructure.

At Gore Mountain, you can witness top athletes from around the world competing in games including Skiercross, Big Air, and Slopestyle. Due to the high-profile nature of the Games, temporary changes to capacity, parking, trails, lifts, lodges, and activities can be expected during these events. We’ve filled this page with details of some of the changes to the Gore experience that you can anticipate. This information is subject to changes, please check back for updates!

Parking & Security

From Monday, January 9 – Sunday, January 22, the Premier Parking Lot will be closed to the public, including parking season passholders; paid parking will not be available for purchase.

We will have increased security including bag checks at all entrances. Everyone entering Gore Mountain Ski Area must go through a security checkpoint. No outside alcohol or prohibited items* will be allowed through these checkpoints.

Shuttles will offer convenient access to the Base Lodge.

*Prohibited items include firearms, explosive and/or incendiary devices, noxious material, electronic stun guns, assault-type items or devices, edged weapons, nuisance items & devices, restraining-type items/devices, and additional miscellaneous items.

See Prohibited Items Flyer

Reserved Rooms

From January 2-24, the Tahawus Room in the Base Lodge and the large dining/banquet room in the Tannery Restaurant will be reserved for the exclusive use of FISU World University Games staff, media, and coaches.

Trails & Parks

Wild Air, The Arena, and Pot Luck, will be open for competition only. Jibland will not be open during the World University Games. We are planning to build a temporary park on Upper Sleighride for public use during the Games.

Lessons

Plan to arrive extra early, allowing additional time for parking and security checkpoints before you check in for lessons or get fitted for rental equipment.

Event Schedule

Freeski provides some of the best action of the Olympic disciplines, combining the high-flying tricks of freestyle skiing with the skill and excitement of snowboarding. The “Free” in the title refers to the freestyle origins of this discipline.

Ski & Snowboard Cross – Athletes combine Alpine and Freestyle skills in timed head-to-head races. The course terrain incorporates big-air jumps and high-banked turns.

  • January 12: Snowboard Cross Qualifications
  • January 13: Snowboard Cross Round Robin & Finals
  • January 15: Ski Cross Qualifications
  • January 16: Ski Cross Round Robin & Finals

Slopestyle – In this event, competitors race down a designated course, hitting a variety of obstacles, jumps, and rails and doing backflips or other “impossible” acrobatic tricks. Harder tricks earn more points for originality, amplitude, and execution.

  • January 17: Freestyle & Freeski/Snowboard Slopestyle Qualifications
  • January 18: Freestyle & Freeski/Snowboard Slopestyle Finals

Big Air – Epic tricks like multiple flips, and big air over 100 feet wow fans of this event. Competitors get two runs to showcase their best tricks, in an attempt to qualify for the finals.

  • January 19: Freestyle & Freeski/Snowboard Big Air Qualifications
  • January 20: Freestyle & Freeski/Snowboard Big Air Finals

Snowboard Slaloms – Riders race down two evenly spaced courses at speeds of up to 70 mph through sets of gates that force extremely tight and quick turns, or wide sweeping turns through more spaced out Giant Slalom gates.

  • January 21: Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom Qualifications & Finals
  • January 22: Snowboard Parallel Slalom Qualifications & Finals